Overall rating
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
17 years old
62.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Nov 2010 6:43 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 699.90

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Whisky Reviews for Talisker 1979 CA

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [October, 1997]  This was the dram that started my CGBP-project (The "Cadenhead Green Bottle Period"
    lasted from mid-1991 until mid-1998 and is characterised by its small
    size white labels).  I had it during a tasting at Kyrburg and got addicted to it instantly.  In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored this dram 92,5.  My notes state that it has a very balanced profile of spicy, nutty, fruity (citrus) and peaty aromas.  It is an excellent swimmer and significantly improves with some drops of water. 

  2. alex..w..fan did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Note by Serge Valentin from whiskyfun.com:

    Talisker 17 yo 1979/1996 (62.6%, Cadenhead authentic collection) Colour: white wine. Nose: very close to the 19 yo , maybe just a tad wilder and maybe peatier. Gets more expressive after a while although it’s still very grassy and nutty. Notes of fresh butter and oysters. Nicer than the older version on the nose. With water: that’s strange, it doesn’t seem to be such a good swimmer for it got quite cardboardy and even soapy (even after a good 15 minutes so it’s not just saponification). Too bad – but it doesn’t obligatorily ‘need’ water despite the 62%. Mouth (neat): sweeter, rounder and better balanced than the 19 yo . Quite some pepper, curry, chilli, peat, smoked tea and a pinch of salt. Quite drinkable at 62% - or is it me? With water: oh yes, it’s just perfect now, smoother but still punchy and assertive, with lots of oysters, pepper, citrons, lemons, nutmeg, paprika… Truly beautiful, this one, and the finish is magnificently compact, sweet and peaty, with a more than perfect balance and all the expected pepper. One worth looking for… 91 points


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